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Sparks Fly In Opioid MDL As Judge, Attys Debate Next Trials

By Jeff Overley

The Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation has warned attorneys for local governments and drug companies that he will unilaterally select future bellwether trials unless they quickly do so themselves, according to a meeting transcript obtained Thursday by Law360.

NY AG's Trial Against Opioid Makers Scheduled For January

By Emily Field

The New York attorney general and two Long Island counties will take their suit over the deadly opioid crisis before a jury in January in what could be the second state trial over the epidemic.

Opioid MDL Judge Draws Fresh Fire From Pharmacies

By Jeff Overley

The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict opioid litigation appears to have decided key issues about the MDL's future without first accepting input from pharmacy defendants, according to their strongly worded court filing late Tuesday.

Opioid MDL Attys Poised To Debate Next Bellwether Trials

By Jeff Overley

Attorneys in the opioid multidistrict litigation are gearing up for a closed-door debate next week over future bellwether trials, a showdown that will closely follow settlements that canceled the MDL's first trial.

Opioid Trial Halted By Drug Cos.' 11th Hour $260M Deal

By Jeff Overley

Two Ohio counties on Monday reached a deal worth $260 million with some of the nation's largest drug companies to avoid the first trial in opioid multidistrict litigation.

State AGs Reach $48B Proposed Deal To End Opioid Cases

By Jeff Overley

Four attorneys general on Monday unveiled a proposed $48 billion deal with major drug companies — Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and the nation's largest drug distributors — to resolve a wave of opioid-crisis lawsuits.


Expert Analysis

Bid To Boot Opioid Judge Raises Questions On Judicial Roles

By Raymond McKoski

The attempt to disqualify Ohio federal judge Dan Aaron Polster from the multidistrict opioid litigation illustrates the complicated nature of disqualification decisions, and the conflict between two theories of judging — the disengaged balls-and-strikes umpire and the engaged, problem-solving citizen-judge, says former Illinois judge Raymond McKoski.

Opioid Negotiation Class May Be Organic Procedure Evolution

By Deborah Hensler

The so-called negotiation class approved by an Ohio federal judge in the multidistrict opioid litigation seems to demonstrate the common law system’s ability to respond to new factual situations, and the concept may be destined to play a role in resolving increasingly complex mass litigation in the future, says Deborah Hensler at Stanford​​​​​​​ Law School.

How Opioid 'Negotiating Class' Would Affect Civil Claims

By Adam Fleischer

The opioid multidistrict litigation plaintiffs' proposal for the first ever "negotiating class" highlights numerous issues with using civil litigation to create funding for a social crisis without regard to fundamental legal tenets, says Adam Fleischer of BatesCarey.

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